You know what the world needs? More blog posts about the Septuagint. Thankfully, Aaron White (PhD candidate at Trinity College, University of Bristol and pastoral intern for young adults at Northwest Presbyterian Church) over at Mosissimus Mose knows this and has spearheaded an upcoming series of blogposts reviewing T. M. Law's phenomenal book When God Spoke Greek. This will be no ordinary blog book review. It will engage with the book chapter-by-chapter and will be a three-way dialogue between Aaron, myself, and Septuagint specialist Dr. Ed Glenny (NT and Greek professor at University of Northwestern, St. Paul). One of us will write the primary review of a given chapter and the other two will respond within the same post with their thoughts, reactions, agreements, disagreements, etc. I am stoked to see this review happen and am honored to be a part of the discussion. You can head over to Mosissimus Mose to see Aaron's announcement of the review as well.
For those who do not know, When God Spoke Greek was released in mid-2013 and is a narrative history (or narrative introduction to the history) of the Septuagint. Despite being incredibly important to biblical textual criticism, biblical hermeneutics, Old and New Testament studies, Christian theology, Christian history, Jewish history, and 3rd Century BC–1st Century AD sociocultural issues in the Mediterranean and surrounding area, the topic of the Septuagint is largely absent from discussions in churches, Christian universities, and seminaries today, unfortunately (though that is starting to change). Part of this is due to us Septuagint scholars not exploring opportunities to talk with non-scholars about the Septuagint in ways that are clearly communicable. If nothing else, Law's book is a triumph because it opens the conversation to everyone and invites them in. More of this kind of scholarship is desperately needed, and more people reading his book is a great way to spread interest and start more conversations.
Those who have spoken with me about the book know that I thoroughly enjoyed it, though outside from a few personal conversations, Twitter, and an Amazon.com review, I've not yet been able to engage with others in conversation about it. I am looking forward to posting some thoughts on it in the coming month(s) and interacting with Aaron and Ed. I'll keep you posted when the review posts start popping up!
(In the meantime, if you'd like to see some other reviews of the book, there is Brian LePort's over at Near Emmaus and the chapter-by-chapter blog tour that Brian headed up. You can find the links to the various blogs that participated here.)